This installment of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series (DBHIS) focuses on the disaster behavioral health and economic impacts of drought. In particular it is designed for people going through the drought that has impacted large areas of the United States in 2012, as well as those assisting with the response to this drought. However, the resources it contains will be useful in many drought situations. Following is an annotated bibliography with links to resources, as well as a section on helpful links to organizations, agencies, and other materials that address immediate disaster response to drought.
Additional resources are organized as follows:
Disaster Distress Helpline
The Disaster Distress Helpline is the Nation's first hotline dedicated to providing disaster crisis counseling. The toll-free helpline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This free, confidential, and multilingual crisis support service is available via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (text 'TalkWithUs' to 66746) to U.S. residents who are experiencing psychological distress as a result of a natural or human-caused disaster.
Suicide Prevention Helpline
For information on suicide prevention, or if you or someone you know is in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org .
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Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event
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Immediate Disaster Response: Hurricane Sandy-Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series (DBHIS)
This installment of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series (DBHIS) focuses on first responders and, currently, Hurricane Sandy.